Osaka Castle Park

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Osaka Castle Park Reviews

anewchapter anewchap…
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Osaka Castle Jun 03, 2014
On my second week in Japan I went to Osaka and had to visit one if its main landmarks, Osaka Castle.

Access to the castle by Rail is fairly easy. Jr trains run a loop line that circles around Osaka and the easiest stop for the castle was Morinomiya Station. I got off at the station and across the street was the entrance to the Castle/Park.

The Castle park is clean and great for walking, especially during warm/cool weather.

There a few different paths around the park but I had familiarized myself first on which path to take and I'd recommend you do the same if visiting as it could mean a long walk in the wrong direction.

The castle itself was very beautifully carved out in the landscape. So many great photo opportunities with the greens of the trees at the forefront of the castle.

There's also a nearby cafe you can sit and take it all in after a nice walk.

To go inside the castle costs 600 yen and you can also wear a Kimono and Helmet inside for an extra 300 yen. Unfortunately I arrived late (last entry is around 4.30pm) so I didn't get to try on the helmet and outfit.

Id recommend to anyone to visit Osaka castle, especially if its your first day in Osaka. It's a nice relaxing way to spend a first day in a big city.
Osaka Castle, Japan
Osaka Castle, Japan
Osaka Castle, Japan
Osaka Castle, Japan
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tlenot tlenot
43 reviews
Osaka Castle Oct 26, 2014
This is probably a must see in Osaka and probably the main attraction. I forget exactly how much it cost but it wasn't expensive at all. The castle is very beautiful and well maintain. There is a lot of tourists but that is expected. There's also a lot of food and souvenirs sold at the place. The castle has been turn into a museum and I think the castle has 7 floors with the 8th floor giving you a view of the city to take pictures. The museum tells you the importance of the castle as it was the place of the last major battle and war for unification of Japan. You could end up spending anywere from 2 to 3 hours if you take the time going through the museum. Would definitely recommend checking it out for first timers.
A far view.
dried side of the moat.
Castle itself.
View from the very top floor.
mikethepizzadude mikethep…
15 reviews
Osaka Castle Aug 27, 2009
Osaka Castle is the centrepiece of Osaka's history. It is the most famous old castle/shrine in Osaka, and is a great tourist destination. The castle is beautiful, and I highly recommend it to anyone who appreciates the old Asian architecture (however, the castle had to be rebuilt after it was burned down, so it does look a little modern and restored. Nonetheless, it is a great tourist attraction!).

The moat surrounding the castle is also really cool, especially when you think about the invaders who had to cross over it to get to the castle. Definitely worth a visit if you're in Osaka :)
The moat
The castle
The view from the top
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reikunboy reikunboy
48 reviews
Osaka Castle the land of the shogun Jan 29, 2009
Osaka castle is Osaka's most recognised landmark, originally built in 1583 by Hideyoshi Toyotomi as a symbol of his authority and power. After he achieved his goal of unifying Japan, 100,000 workers took three years to construct this castle.

However in 1603, Ieyasu Tokugawa increased in power after the Hideyoshi's death and established the shogunate in Tokyo. There remained a tense relationship between the two families and eventually in the Summer of 1615, the Tokugawa forces consisting of 200,000 soldiers seiged the castle. The castle was destoyed but rebuilt by the Tokugawa forces within 10 years.

The story of Osaka castle doesn't finish here though as it was destroyed once again only 39 years after its reconstruction, not by war but suprisingly by lightning and was left as it was until reconstruction in 1931. Unfortunately the castle is a concrete reproduction of the original.

Inside the castle exhibits Toyotomi's memorabillia, as well as displays relating to the history of the castle. Entrance to the castle is 600 yen, but the exhibition offers little interest to foreigners so its probably not worth the entrance fee but definately come here to look at the picturesque castle
castle and its reflection on the p…
osaka castle
first glance of the castle
the moat with its surrounding wall

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